Jaguar News 1/15/21

Important Upcoming Dates

Click hereherehere, and here to check out a few ways for families
to observe and serve on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,
this Monday, January 18, 2021.

Ending the Silence: A Youth Mental Health Event–January 27, 6:30pm

*New!* The intense emotional burden of 2020 has definitely taken a toll on some of our community’s students, school staff, and families. To address this, we’re partnering up with PNW Parent Education ( and the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( with an early intervention and educational presentation titled, “Ending the Silence: A Youth Mental Health Event”. This FREE online event is on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in attending, please register at

This relevant and engaging presentation will help attendees identify early signs and symptoms of mental illness in youth, provide information about treatments, and we’ll have a young adult who will share their lived experience coping with depression and anxiety. The goal of this event is to begin a larger discussion about mental health so that young people dealing with mental health conditions realize they are not alone.   

Lastly, while watching the event, you can also order a delicious family meal from The Extra Ingredient: Please click on the link titled, “Jan 27th: PNW Parent Education Event – Pre Order”. All orders must be placed by Wed, January 20, 2021 and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to PNW Parent Education. 

JAMS Spirit Wear Now Available!

*New!* Some of you have been asking about JAMS gear to show off your school spirit and it’s here!

Use this link to view the online store and order through Dark Horse Ink: Any questions about the gear or ordering should go to info@darkhorseink.comAll orders must be placed by January 24th.

If your family needs a scholarship, please respond to this email or reach out at and we’ll help get everyone decked out in JAMS gear.

Go Jaguars!

*UPDATE* Clothing Support for Families in Need

Thank you so much to everyone who responded to our request for shoes and coats! As the supply and demand is ongoing, our JAMS Amazon Wish List has been updated with more new items marked High Priority. If you would like to contribute, please visit All clothes are pre-sized, so simply click “Add to Card” and choose the option to send to JAMS directly.

If you are a family seeking support, please contact with “JAMS Clothing Request” in the subject heading, and arrangements will be made. 

We sincerely appreciate your contribution. Thank you!

Looking for food, technology, health, or education resources?  

Information about all of the above and more are available on our new resources page at the JAMS PTSA website!  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Contact your PTSA at or the JAMS office at 206­-252-4500.

JAMS Music Families – Winter Concert Info – T-Shirts are Here!

*New!* Thank you to all of our FOJAM families!  Your contributions are greatly appreciated and have already made an impact in your musician’s classroom! We have been able to bring in coaches to help students virtually and FOJAM was able to purchase licenses for UpBeat Music at the beginning of the school year.  The students have been using UpBeat with success and were able to use the software not only to improve online learning, but also perform “together” in December. Our music directors sent out emails to classroom parents/guardians over winter break with links to these recordings. If you did not receive an email with a link please contact your musicians teacher.

If you registered with FOJAM, T-Shirts have arrived!! An email was sent Tuesday morning from FOJAM with your pick up or delivery information. Most of the shirts marked for delivery have been delivered. A huge shout out to our family volunteers who helped delivery the tshirts!! Please contact us at if you have any questions! 

Thank you!

High School Open House Information 

Considering high school choices for your current JAMS 8th grader?  Look here for news about upcoming SPS high school open house sessions, posted as information becomes available. 

*New!* Please click here to see the SPS Registration for 2021-22 website for a list of school tours and registration information. 

Be sure to check individual high school websites for updated information.   
Find a directory of SPS schools at this link.

Middle College High School’s Virtual Open House will be on Jan 26th 4:30-5:30pm and Feb 2nd from 6-7pm. You only need to attend one of the nights–both sessions contain the same information. Sessions are Jan 26th and Feb 2nd. Email Kattie Jones at for meeting links and information.

MCHS is a small cohort-based community of learners. The program starts with 9th and 10th graders attending one of the small sites located on either the UW or SU campuses. Students receive honors level education while preparing to attend full-time, enhanced Running Start in 11th & 12th grade.

They offer:

  • Small class sizes approximately 1 teacher: 20 students
  • Deep exploration into content areas
  • Social justice/ethnic studies embedded into the program
  • On Campus Support in college classes
  • Running Start in 11/12th grade
  • Access to university amenities while on campus
  • All students should graduate with college credits and potentially an AA degree!

Lincoln’s New Student Information Night will be posted January 21st, 2021 on the LHS website We will cover the following topics: Academics, Athletics, Activities, HCC, Special Education, ELL, Dual Language Immersion, 9th grade transition. Due to COVID we will be pre-recording our presentation.

We are asking families to submit questions in advance so that we can best prepare our presentation to support your student’s transition to high school. If you have specific questions, please complete the following form by midnight on January 15th and we will work to address them in our presentation.

Please see our informational flyer and additional information is on our website.  We look forward to ‘meeting’ you and welcoming our new Lynx!

*New!* Nova High School virtual open house sessions:

Session 1: 

Principal Hours on Zoom:  Tuesday, January 26th, 5:00-6:00pm

Session 2: 

  • Open House: Friday, January 29, 5:00pm through Sunday, January 31st, 5:00pm
  • Family Q&A on Zoom: Saturday, January 31st, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Principal Hours on Zoom: Monday, February 1st, 5:00-6:00pm

Students Only Q&A’s:

  • 8th Grade Q&A on Zoom: Friday, January 29th, 1:30-2:45pm
  • Transfer Q&A on Zoom:  Monday, February 1st, 1:30-2:45pm


  • Fill out this Google Form
  • The meeting link and password will be sent to you

Call Nova at 206-252-3500 for more information. 

Community Resources

This section contains community resources we’ve learned about that we think might be useful to some of you and wanted to pass on. Please note that none of these are specifically endorsed or vetted by the JAMS PTSA.

*New!* Ballard High School:  Collage Concert, Friday, January 20 at 7pm

The concert will be a virtual event on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 pm. It includes a little something for everyone, from orchestral works to vocal jazz to drumline. In partnership with Tom Douglas Restaurants, concert-goers can enjoy “dinner and a show” with a takeout dinner for 2. A portion of proceeds from each order benefits the performing arts program at Ballard High School.

A total of 4 choirs, 3 orchestras, and 6 band ensembles will perform in a pre-recorded set of videos. A variety of styles and genres are represented, including the Concert Choir’s work with South African choir director Sabelo Mthembu and the Chamber Orchestra’s collaboration with the Seattle Pacific University Orchestra.

Links to the performance and the online order for takeout dinner boxes will be posted on the Ballard High School Performing Arts website at: Pre-orders for dinner boxes are available starting on Jan. 18. Cost is $55 per box, which feeds 2 people.


Registration is now open!  Click here for class information and registration.  Studio Coyote runs year round, following Seattle Public Schools’ schedule.  During the winter, spring, and fall you’ll find an abundance of 20-hour weekend sessions as well as weeklong sessions over breaks.  Summer is packed full of weekly, 20-hour courses and runs June – August.  

Wednesday, February 3
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

In this age of remote schooling and nonstop developments in educational technology, now more than ever, it is important for families to educate themselves on digital safety. Please join us on Wednesday, February 3 for Parent University: Digital Safety with Jo Langford for an overview of t/ween behavior in this digital age.

Jo Langford, M.A. is a dad, a Master’s-level therapist, author, and sex educator for tweens, teens and parents, in Seattle, Washington. For the last twenty years, Jo has worked in the intersection of adolescence, sexuality, technology and behavior. Jo speaks internationally using information, education and humor to help parents and professionals increase their knowledge and self-confidence as a proactive defense against the unfortunate consequences that sometimes accompany teen sexuality, behavior and development.

Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Click here to learn more about Parent University or contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer for further questions.

Get Connected to the JAMS PTSA

Join the JAMS PTSA!

  • Get Connected – Learn more about what’s going on at the school
  • Speak Up – Have a voice in decision making and share your viewpoint
  • Tap into a Network – Meet other parents, teachers, staff and community members
  • Be a Role Model – By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

For more information and to register online visit:

Connect with us on Social Media

This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 

Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle

Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website:
JAMS PTSA’s website:

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